I made a goal to write for Curiosity Quills Press every month because it made me uncomfortable. And it has been such an empowering journey!
My favorite relationships that don't involve the protagonist!
Review of the last book in the Red Winter trilogy by Annette Marie.
Review of Dark Tempest by Annette Marie, book #2 in the Red Winter Trilogy
I went straight over to Goodreads and resorted my to read list and there they were!
These three things when balanced right make for 5 star books!
Another book by Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl, is my absolute favorite contemporary book but the same cover was used for every edition. So this category had to go to my runner up...
Teen Kai returns home on just a normal Tuesday to find a letter from her older sister, Jen. It says she's already gone but Kai rushes over to try to save her. Unable to deal with what she finds Kai spirals into hardcore drug and alcohol use which don't work well with the dark thoughts that start to invade her reality. Luckily her best friends have her back and report her descent to her parents who send her to a grief camp where she learns she is not alone in losing someone she loves. There she meets friends for life who help her to keep moving forward...
This subject has been on my mind recently as I have been hearing about several books that fellow book bloggers have raved about over and over...
Sakura is dying. A soft hearted girl but extremely strong she does not want to burden others with her friendship when she will be dead by the end of the year. She stays true to this philosophy until a yokai drops in her garden with several stab wounds. By befriending Kasuki it opens her up to other overtures in the form of two of her classmates. These friends won't change her fate but as she falls in love and learns to rely on them Sakura finds she isn't so accepting of her death after all.
A flip-sided book, turn around and the story keeps going... Animal parents and their children share all the times they say "I Love You" with a hug.
4 dolls, kidnapped and trapped in their "master's" underground lair, finally break free at a terrible cost to themselves. They return to their families no longer 12 year old but child-like adults. As Riley tries to adjust to life as a normal woman she can't escape the scars of their captivity and escape. Wilson, her next door neighbor, becomes her oasis in a broken life where everyone expects her to live the way they think is best.
Sora is a human changeling, not a kami princess, who learns the truth when a ghost army invades Mt. Fuji and takes her fake kami parents captive. Along with her bodyguard and childhood friend, Takeo, she must help the real princess come into her powers and fight with no time to prepare. Along the way she makes new friends and learns what it means to be a human.
A month away from him 18th birthday a Beijing orphan learns someone wants to adopt him, even though his papers say he has no hands. Leaving behind his older twin brother, he travels on the train to his new parents all in the hopes of obtaining a name and a family. Instead he finds two fox spirits and a construction site full of ghosts and some kind of plot that he's now at the center of. Add in a mysterious Bureau for Eternal Prosperity, a jealous bureaucrat and the wronged Minister of Fate and he finds himself maneuvering through a whole soup of problems.
Stacey Woods is not the popular girl. She has big dreams but doesn't even have enough confidence to share them with anyone but her best friend Patrice. Her younger sister just had a baby and her mom is always on her side. Her dad just started dating and its getting serious. When Stacey has a really rough day and runs from her house, she tries her best friend first who is running around with another girl. A chance run in with a posh boy who actually seems interested in her turns into a nightmare...
Anna is your good girl who has a plan and sticks to it. Dean is the homeless guy that she falls in love with. As they learn about each other they find they have more in common than they first thought, but will it be enough to overcome the mindset that comes with homelessness...?
About half way through this year's challenge I noticed a pattern in why I loved each character: their relationships.
Andrew aka Fisti is holding a blogathon and I might very well make his deadline! He reminds us: "This is a blogathon about film, and film broaches God in many different (and subjective) ways, so I encourage all of your viewpoints and posts so as to make this a well-rounded collection of thoughts!" God and… Continue reading Blogathon: The Personification of Death
Commit them in the setup. To be popular a work draws them (the audience) into their world and inspires them to participate in the plot with the characters. Everyone knows this but it’s not concrete enough to help a writer much with their own work. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work… Continue reading I Wanna be Popular too, step #1.